Brad picked up his first pair of sticks at age ten and hasn’t stopped playing since! After much dedicated study of snare drum and drumset throughout middle and high school, he received a Jazz Studies Drumset Scholarship to The University of North Texas. During his four years at North Texas, Brad worked his way through the ranks playing for ensembles such as: The 2 O’Clock Lab Band, The UNT Jazz Singers, The Jazz Repertory Ensemble, Zebras and other individualized faculty led small groups.
Brad has performed, recorded or toured with: The Count Basie Big Band, Benny Green, Bob Brookmeyer, Sam Rivers, Anne Hampton Callaway, Nancy King, Vincent Herring, Lynn Seaton, Stephan Karllsson, Bobby Shew, Jamey Aebersold, Dan Haerle, Anthony Cole, Steve Gilmore, Tommy Walker, Othello & The Hipknotics, Blake Lewis, Tim Noah and Paris Rutherford.
Brad also keeps a busy schedule as a versatile freelance drummer based out of the greater Seattle area. Through his drumming, Brad has also gigged and traveled internationally as well as throughout the US. His superb musicianship and steadfast professionalism have made him one of the Northwest’s most in demand musicians.
A nationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist, Richard has worked with jazz greats such as Randy Brecker, Dave Holland, Adam Nussbaum, Julian Priester and John Fedchock. He has toured regularly with New Orleans icon, Dr. John, fusion star Dan Siegel, and performed with r&b legends Gladys Knight, The Temptations, The Spinners, and The Four Tops. Add to this performances with the Seattle Symphony. He also composes and performs his own music, recording with Origin Records. Richard’s music is clearly jazz, yet is enriched by his wide range of musical experiences. He studied music at Western Washington University and taught woodwinds, ensembles and improvisation at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, Washington, Edmonds Community College and MusicWorks NW.
Tina’s father was the highly talented and well known music teacher, Roland Schanzenbach who raised her with a rich musical background from a very young age. Tina learned to play several instruments and sang all through school winning multiple awards.
She went on to become a member of an original band call Exposure in the early 80’s which produced over 110 original songs and did showcases for major labels including Columbia Records. She has continued to sing in the Northwest professionally in bands such as Chain Reaction, 80sINC, Rockshow, Souldout, Dance Factory and is now managing and fronting her own project Social Network, Seattle’s hottest top 40 dance band.
Tina is a gifted vocal talent who can reach the high notes that other singers only dream about. With her dance energy on stage and her strong versatile voice, your favorite tunes will soar to new heights!
Darelle Holden is a silky smooth songstress with deep musicality. Pop Diva, R&B Powerhouse, and Jazz Siren all apply to her unique and diverse vocal stylings. Darelle has toured for 17 years with international superstar Sir. Tom Jones, and often performs the duet “I Wanna Get Back With You”. Darelle’s distinctive vocals can also be heard on the Tom Jones classic “Leave Your Hat On” which is featured on “The Full Monty” motion picture soundtrack.
Darelle has been honing her craft in recording studios and touring, gaining a reputation as an intelligent songwriter and dynamic performer. With a sweet melodic sensibility, and a soulful singing style, she attracted the attention of the most celebrated in the business. Darelle has performed with extraordinary talents like Earth Wind and Fire, Bobby Caldwell and Elton John, and has often been seen on the television shows Dancing With the Stars, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
A student from Berklee College of Music, Minneapolis music scene(Ricky Peterson, Eric Gravatt, Dick Oatts, Gordy Knudtson and more) and Seattle (Jay Thomas, Marc Seales, Julio Jauregui, Carlos Cascante, Dave Peterson, Hans Teuber, Darin Clendenin, Rick Mandyke, Milo Peterson, Eric Verlinde and so many more). Rick plays in many styles, many bands.
Master of saxophones, flutes and, clarinet, Jack is a force in the national music community. His credits include performances in swing, jazz, R&B, pop, rock, and big bands as well as acclaimed works as a composer, arranger, and orchestrator. Jack’s skills include contracting musicians, and producing scores for films, albums, and commercial projects. His passion is for well-designed arrangements, where the subtleties aren’t lost. Jack has appeared with renowned artists and celebrities such as Natalie Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, George Burns, Johnny Mathis, Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, Dionne Warwick, Perry Como, Lou Rawls, George Benson, Julio Iglesias, Tony
A visionary band leader for Nearly Dan, Jack writes original arrangements for the band, books the band’s engagements, organizes rehearsals, handles the band’s finances, merchandise and personnel. He also holds the position of Music Director for the Seattle Theatre Group. As such, Jack is responsible for musicians at the Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres in Seattle and is involved in many of their educational and community programs.
After studying at the University of North Texas, Michael received a Masters in Music from the University of Washington with an emphasis
With a voice described as soulful and rich, Sue walks the line between jazz, blues, and gospel. In 2000, she recorded her first CD, “Even There” – classic hymns produced and arranged by noted composer/performer, Walt Wagner. Her second CD, “Moonglow”, was released in 2006 with jazz and Latin standards performed with the Leo Raymundo Quartet. Sue records and performs regularly, and has become a fixture in the local music scene. In addition, Sue is an accomplished executive, with 20 years in brand marketing, radio broadcast, and nonprofit development. She holds a BA from Pacific Lutheran University and a Masters from Seattle University.
A New York native, Andy picked up the trumpet at age 12. After moving to California, he studied with the great Claude Gordon for 7 years and was selected lead trumpet player with California All-Star High School Jazz Ensemble. Andy served 21.5 years in the Marine Corps music program before retiring at the rank of Captain. He performed and traveled the world for 4 years before relocating to the Northwest. Andy has performed with Arturo Sandoval, Frank Foster, Milt Hinton, Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Tony Bennett, the O’Jays, Temptations, 4-Tops, Frankie Valle, Maureen McGovern, Frankie Avalon, and Jim Belushi and many other touring shows.
Guitarist Frank Seeberger has been performing and teaching professionally for over 28 years. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, Frank studied with jazz greats Mick Goodrick, Gene Bertoncini, George Russell, and Charlie Banacos. He’s also a top local studio guitarist, with many movie scores, commercials, video games, and albums to his credit. Frank has performed live with numerous jazz legends such as Gunther Schuller, Curis Fuller, Sam Rivers, Ernestine Anderson, and national smooth jazz artists Jackiem Joyner, Dominic Amato, and Darren Motamedy. In addition to Samba to Soul, Frank is also a member of the Full Circle Jazz Ensemble, and jazz trio Collaborative Works.
Edward K. (Ed) Weber
At age 9, Ed began playing keyboards. His interest in jazz, r&b and funk, along with living in Hawaii, lead to diverse musical endeavors—Aloha Stadium organist for the Hawaii Islanders AAA baseball team, and performing with local Hawaii artists Jimmy Borges, Gabe Baltazar, Paradox w/Azure McCall, Nueva Vida, and the Hawaiian Style Band. Since moving with his family to Seattle in 1998, Ed has worked with many local artists, like Darren Motamedy, Korla Wygal, Rebecca Rosenberg, and the late Edmonia Jarrett. He also has performed with national artists Ernie Watts, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Watrous, Nestor Torres, and Tiger Okoshi. Ed is Nearly Dan’s musical director.